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Old June 5th, 2013, 03:15 PM
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So, I have been in search of a LHD heater box and I have not had any luck finding a used one where they wanted less than my left testicle. So last night I was a few bourbons deep and talking to a gentleman about heater levers. So I started looking at the damn thing and realized I had everything to rebuild/invert the thing to work. So today I started tearing it apart. I had scrap .080 aluminum, 1/8 pop rivets, break and sealer. So we will see how this goes, am I the first person to ever try to reuse their RHD box? Well I dismantled it, reused what I could. The thing is that by disassembling it it gives you a templet to make a new piece, you just have to make the bend in the opposite direction. This is after a couple hours, I just have to finish the top plate, bottom plate ad attach the fan. I have already mocked it up to make sure it will fit, an I am pretty sure this is goin to work!!! Call me cheap, I don't give a shit I would rather spend $800 on cool stuff instead!! Once I finish and installed I will dissemble it again to clean and paint for final installation. I will post more pics as I go.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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I have done this also. It is a lot easier to do if you have a LHD version siting next to it to copy. You should perfect it and sell the tracing or built housings for folks.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 03:51 PM
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Looks like a nice job.

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So, I have been in search of a LHD heater box and I have not had any luck finding a used one where they wanted less than my left testicle.
Did you ask on here? I have one laying around getting old. Shipping might have beenbe silly, but probably less than your left testicle.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 04:40 PM
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Nice work!
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Old June 5th, 2013, 05:27 PM
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Nice work!
I ultimately dropped in a Kodiak into my build. Whats weird is that it mounted right up. The Defender air intake from the top of the fender connected perfectly with it.....
Make you wonder how cheap bastard Land Rover had to be back in the early 1980 when putting these things together.

BTW: Often wondered about replacing the heater matrix with similar sized ones. Ford Expedition units are the same size...... within millimeters
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Old June 5th, 2013, 09:13 PM
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If you are in search of more heater, my suggestion would be to add an aftermarket one. It requires a bit of fabrication, but they are not expensive.
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